Prajakta Kunal Rane

Prajakta is a Senior Reporter with Hindustan Times, Mumbai. She covers transport and legal metrology.

Articles by Prajakta Kunal Rane

Mumbai’s Western Railway set to induct third 15-coach train by Dec 25

Around 14,400 more suburban commuters can be accommodated daily with just one additional 15-coach train

This is expected to increase the train’s carrying capacity by 25%.(HT File Photo)
This is expected to increase the train’s carrying capacity by 25%.(HT File Photo)
Updated on Dec 12, 2016 09:08 AM IST
Hindustan Times | By, Mumbai

Glitch hits rail services in Mumbai, passengers hit back

More than 5,000 passengers stood protesting on the tracks at Titwala station on Wednesday morning, delaying 70 suburban services and cancelling 40 of them on the Kalyan-Kasara route. Services were completely halted for three hours between 6am and 9am

Commuters blocked tracks at the Titwala railway station on Wednesday to protest frequesnt delays of local trains.(Rishikesh Choudhary)
Commuters blocked tracks at the Titwala railway station on Wednesday to protest frequesnt delays of local trains.(Rishikesh Choudhary)
Published on Dec 07, 2016 11:34 PM IST
Hindustan Times | ByPadmja Sinha and Prajakta Kunal Rane, Mumbai

In Mumbai: Demand grows for trains to Kalyan and beyond

More people have started living beyond Kalyan and railway stations in these areas have seen several more passengers in the past few years, but railway authorities have failed to adapt train services and stations to cater to the demand.

That trains run late on this route is no secret. The deteriorating punctuality of CR trains was pointed out in the 2016 Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) report, which put the punctuality of CR services at 87% in 2014-15, against the Railway Board’s benchmark of 95%.(HT File Photo)
That trains run late on this route is no secret. The deteriorating punctuality of CR trains was pointed out in the 2016 Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) report, which put the punctuality of CR services at 87% in 2014-15, against the Railway Board’s benchmark of 95%.(HT File Photo)
Published on Dec 07, 2016 11:24 PM IST
Hindustan Times | By, Mumbai

Western Railway in Mumbai cleans up stations, books 19,000 this year

The number of passengers booked and penalised for littering and spitting on the station premises has increased multi-fold compared to last year.

Last year, 6,242 were booked for the same offence in the corresponding period and Rs5.03 lakh collected in fines.(HT Photo)
Last year, 6,242 were booked for the same offence in the corresponding period and Rs5.03 lakh collected in fines.(HT Photo)
Published on Dec 07, 2016 09:58 AM IST
Hindustan Times | By, Mumbai

No point in selective ban on vehicles: Additional transport commissioner

Taxis older than 20 and autos older than 16 are phased out so vehicles with newer technology can operate

So far, 300 share-a-taxis and auto routes have been sanctioned, said the additional transport commissioner.(HT Photo)
So far, 300 share-a-taxis and auto routes have been sanctioned, said the additional transport commissioner.(HT Photo)
Updated on Dec 05, 2016 12:12 AM IST
Hindustan Times | ByPrajakta Kunal Rane

Survey predicts 3000% rise in vehicles from 2015 to 2050

At 17.41%, the transport sector is the second largest contributor to greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in Mumbai

Transport in Mumbai will emit 4 million tonnes of CO2 by 2030, states the study.(HT File Photo)
Transport in Mumbai will emit 4 million tonnes of CO2 by 2030, states the study.(HT File Photo)
Updated on Dec 05, 2016 12:12 AM IST
Hindustan Times | By, Mumbai

BEST makes going cashless easier for bus, power users

The undertaking plans to start accepting credit and debit cards at BEST bus depots and stations for renewal of bus passes and e-purse recharge

From December 10, 30 lakh BEST bus commuters will be able to buy their regular bus tickets and renew their bus passes using a mobile application - Ridlr.(HT File Photo)
From December 10, 30 lakh BEST bus commuters will be able to buy their regular bus tickets and renew their bus passes using a mobile application - Ridlr.(HT File Photo)
Updated on Dec 02, 2016 01:11 PM IST
Hindustan Times | By, Mumbai

Asian Bank, World Bank funds to put Mumbai’s MUTP-III rail projects on right track

The ambitious Mumbai Urban Transport Project (MUTP) III infrastructure projects worth more than Rs10,000 crore will be jointly financed by the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) and the World Bank in a 40:60 ratio.

The project aims to expand the suburban rail network across the Mumbai Metropolitan Region.(Hindustan Times)
The project aims to expand the suburban rail network across the Mumbai Metropolitan Region.(Hindustan Times)
Published on Dec 01, 2016 11:58 PM IST
Hindustan Times | By, Mumbai

BEST looks to sell ‘popular’ smart cards at railway stations

The BEST transport division has witnessed a 273% increase in its daily collection for e- purse recharges since the announcement of demonetisation

Currently, the passengers visit BEST bus depots or stations to buy the smart cards or recharge e- purses, which is cumbersome and therefore most people prefer buying ticket using cash.(HT File Photo)
Currently, the passengers visit BEST bus depots or stations to buy the smart cards or recharge e- purses, which is cumbersome and therefore most people prefer buying ticket using cash.(HT File Photo)
Published on Nov 27, 2016 12:42 AM IST
Hindustan Times | By, Mumbai

BEST nod for installation of 4,400 LED lights

For citizens, this means better illumination on Mumbai roads

In January, 2015 the installation of LED lights on Marine Drive had led to a verbal spat between Yuva Sena chief Aaditya Thackeray and Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) president Mumbai unit and MLA Ashish Shelar.(HT File Photo)
In January, 2015 the installation of LED lights on Marine Drive had led to a verbal spat between Yuva Sena chief Aaditya Thackeray and Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) president Mumbai unit and MLA Ashish Shelar.(HT File Photo)
Published on Nov 26, 2016 12:06 AM IST
Hindustan Times | By, Mumbai

Dedicated bus lanes in Mumbai: BEST’s way to attract commuters

Significantly, under the HT Unclog Mumbai campaign, transport experts had also suggested that the BEST should start more and more dedicated bus lane routes that will prompt more Mumbaiites to use the public transport which will also reduce congestion on Mumbai’s roads.

After consistently losing out passengers for the past few years, BEST is looking at ways to improve the situation for revenue growth in 2017-18.(HT File Photo)
After consistently losing out passengers for the past few years, BEST is looking at ways to improve the situation for revenue growth in 2017-18.(HT File Photo)
Published on Nov 25, 2016 12:36 AM IST
Hindustan Times | By, Mumbai

48% increase in railway smart card sales after demonetisation

Apart from buying railway tickets over the counter and cancelling them to claim a refund, people have also used smart cards for automatic ticket vending machines (ATVM) to exchange their old banknotes for new ones

Published on Nov 23, 2016 09:25 AM IST
Hindustan Times | By, Mumbai

Mumbaiites could board a train from Oshiwara this Sunday

The much-awaited Oshiwara suburban station on Western Railway’s slow corridor is likely to be opened for suburban commuters this Sunday, November 27.

Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu is likely to inaugurate the suburban station.(Vidya Subramanian/Hindustan Times)
Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu is likely to inaugurate the suburban station.(Vidya Subramanian/Hindustan Times)
Updated on Nov 22, 2016 02:18 PM IST
Hindustan Times | By, Mumbai

Delay in starting markets in Mumbai pushes farmers towards APMC

Thousands of farmers joined the farmer’s market scheme rolled out by state government in August

Currently, the state is operating three farmers’ markets in Mumbai.(Bachchan Kumar)
Currently, the state is operating three farmers’ markets in Mumbai.(Bachchan Kumar)
Updated on Nov 21, 2016 11:53 PM IST
Hindustan Times | By, Mumbai

Punctual services for Mumbai’s Western Railway commuters in the offing

The Western Railway’s (WR) Mumbai division plans to upgrade its system to increase the speed of suburban trains and make its services punctual. For this, it has proposed to use the fifth line between Andheri and Borivli stations, which is currently used only by long-distance trains.

Using the fifth line for suburban trains between Andheri and Borivli stations will help Western Railway decongest the currently used existing four lines.(HT FILE PHOTO)
Using the fifth line for suburban trains between Andheri and Borivli stations will help Western Railway decongest the currently used existing four lines.(HT FILE PHOTO)
Updated on Nov 21, 2016 04:07 PM IST
Hindustan Times | By, Mumbai

Mumbai’s Central Railway suggests GPS-based mobile app for railway platforms

If Central Railway’s proposal is accepted, soon city railway commuters will have a global positioning system (GPS)–based mobile application to guide them on the location of platforms, staircases, foot-over-bridges, escalators, toilets and even coach position of outstation trains at a station.

The suggestion to launch such an app was made by the CR during the three-day Rail Vikas Shivir at New Delhi.(Representational photo)
The suggestion to launch such an app was made by the CR during the three-day Rail Vikas Shivir at New Delhi.(Representational photo)
Published on Nov 19, 2016 12:14 AM IST
Hindustan Times | By, Mumbai

MGP demands 20% cap on cab aggregators’ surge pricing in Mumbai

While welcoming the competition in the taxi-autorickshaw trade, the MGP has, in its letter, demanded that base fare of the aggregators should be determined by regional transport authority (RTA) as it is done for black-and-yellow taxis.

Maharashtra City Taxi Rules-2016 will make app-based taxi aggregators like Ola and Uber come under government regulation once it comes into effect(HT File Photo)
Maharashtra City Taxi Rules-2016 will make app-based taxi aggregators like Ola and Uber come under government regulation once it comes into effect(HT File Photo)
Published on Nov 18, 2016 11:48 PM IST
Hindustan Times | By, Mumbai

Mumbai’s island city may not face power tariff hike till March 2018

Also, the Brihanmumbai Electric Supply and Transport (BEST) power tariff may witness slight drop in the next fiscal year

The Brihanmumbai Electric Supply and Transport power tariff may witness slight drop in the next fiscal year(HT Pic for Representation)
The Brihanmumbai Electric Supply and Transport power tariff may witness slight drop in the next fiscal year(HT Pic for Representation)
Published on Nov 18, 2016 12:21 AM IST
Hindustan Times | By, Mumbai

HT Unclog Mumbai: It’s the BEST option for Mumbaiites

Mumbai’s once iconic bus network is a crumbling mammoth today. It needs to become a priority

BEST buses, once called Mumbai’s pride and termed Asia’s best public bus service, is a crumbling mammoth today.(Hindustan Times)
BEST buses, once called Mumbai’s pride and termed Asia’s best public bus service, is a crumbling mammoth today.(Hindustan Times)
Updated on Nov 17, 2016 10:55 AM IST
Hindustan Times | By, Mumbai

HT Unclog Mumbai: Next station, a brand new train network

Mumbai’s ‘local’ was a transport revolution — until demand outgrew supply

One of the world’s busiest transport systems, which ferries 75 lakh people a day, is barely chugging along.(Hindustan Times)
One of the world’s busiest transport systems, which ferries 75 lakh people a day, is barely chugging along.(Hindustan Times)
Updated on Nov 16, 2016 05:38 PM IST
Hindustan Times | ByKailash Korde and Prajakta Kunal Rane

Demonetisation hits Mumbai’s auto and taxi trade

Mumbai’s auto and taxi business has been severely affected because of the ongoing crunch of bank notes of lower denominations

Drivers of black and yellow taxis, three-wheelers, fleet and cool cabs complained about a drop in their business as people avoid travelling with them now.(HT File Photo)
Drivers of black and yellow taxis, three-wheelers, fleet and cool cabs complained about a drop in their business as people avoid travelling with them now.(HT File Photo)
Updated on Nov 14, 2016 01:34 PM IST
Hindustan Times | By, Mumbai

Where is the change? Activists ask for probe into rail ticket sales

The Union government demonetised the Rs500 and Rs1,000 notes, but allowed railway booking centres to continue accepting the old notes till November 11

Many railway station booking counters reported running out of change.(HT File Photo)
Many railway station booking counters reported running out of change.(HT File Photo)
Updated on Nov 13, 2016 12:33 AM IST
Hindustan Times | By, Mumbai

Rly board asks state to consider staggered working hours to ease congestion

The proposal to of have staggered office timings in Mumbai has been given a boost. The railway board has sent a report on how staggered office hours can be worked out to the state for a review

Transport experts in the city have been suggesting staggered office hours to reduce congestion in suburban trains during peak hours for a long time. If the office hours of different public and private establishments — especially in south Mumbai — are staggered way, the number of commuters travelling to south Mumbai in the morning peak hours, and towards the suburbs in the evening peak hours could be spread over longer period, experts have suggested.(HT)
Transport experts in the city have been suggesting staggered office hours to reduce congestion in suburban trains during peak hours for a long time. If the office hours of different public and private establishments — especially in south Mumbai — are staggered way, the number of commuters travelling to south Mumbai in the morning peak hours, and towards the suburbs in the evening peak hours could be spread over longer period, experts have suggested.(HT)
Updated on Nov 10, 2016 10:48 AM IST
Hindustan Times | By, Mumbai

Mumbai railways to accept banned notes for monthly, quarterly passes

Commuter associations said that if this inconvenience continues, they will have to launch agitation at major stations.

Travellers stand in a long queue at CST station in Mumbai on Wednesday.(Kunal Patil/Hindustan Times)
Travellers stand in a long queue at CST station in Mumbai on Wednesday.(Kunal Patil/Hindustan Times)
Published on Nov 10, 2016 12:23 AM IST
Hindustan Times | By, Mumbai

Three new farmers’ markets will be open on weekdays

Markets will come up at Kurla, Borivli and Bandra

Farmers’ markets have also been set up at Vidhan Bhavan, Hutatma Chowk, Churchgate and Worli.(HT File Photo)
Farmers’ markets have also been set up at Vidhan Bhavan, Hutatma Chowk, Churchgate and Worli.(HT File Photo)
Published on Nov 06, 2016 11:34 PM IST
Hindustan Times | By, Mumbai

7 more suburban stations in Mumbai to get Wi-Fi in 2017

The seven railway stations to be provided with Wi-Fi in first half of 2017 are Virar, Ghatkopar, Wadala, Dombivli, Badlapur, Mulund and Chembur.

Currently, 18 suburban stations have Wi-Fi, including Dadar, Kalyan, Lokmanya Tilak Terminus, Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus (CST), Panvel, Thane, Byculla, Belapur, Vashi and Kurla on the Central Railway.(HT PHOTO USED FOR REPRESENTATION)
Currently, 18 suburban stations have Wi-Fi, including Dadar, Kalyan, Lokmanya Tilak Terminus, Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus (CST), Panvel, Thane, Byculla, Belapur, Vashi and Kurla on the Central Railway.(HT PHOTO USED FOR REPRESENTATION)
Updated on Nov 04, 2016 12:03 AM IST
Hindustan Times | By, Mumbai

March deadline for extension of Mumbai’s Andheri-Goregaon harbour line

The project will provide direct connectivity between Navi Mumbai and Goregaon to more than two lakh commuters who travel on the line every day

Published on Nov 02, 2016 12:37 AM IST
Hindustan Times | By, Mumbai

Mumbai: Western Railway to increase train services to Vasai, Virar and Dahanu

Considering the passenger shift to the north side of the city, Mohd Jamshed, railway board (traffic)

Considering the passenger shift to the north side of the city, Mohd Jamshed, railway board (traffic) member, directed the Western Railway (WR), Mumbai division, to increase the suburban services where passenger footfall has gone up.(Hindustan Times)
Considering the passenger shift to the north side of the city, Mohd Jamshed, railway board (traffic) member, directed the Western Railway (WR), Mumbai division, to increase the suburban services where passenger footfall has gone up.(Hindustan Times)
Published on Oct 29, 2016 12:09 AM IST
Hindustan Times | By, Mumbai

BEST to start mobile ticketing system

Mobile ticketing was introduced on a trial basis on 127 AC buses

BEST has provided a mobile ticketing option in Ridlr mobile application, which the user will have to download from Google Play Store.(For representation)
BEST has provided a mobile ticketing option in Ridlr mobile application, which the user will have to download from Google Play Store.(For representation)
Published on Oct 27, 2016 12:39 AM IST
Hindustan Times | By, Mumbai

Mumbai-Ahmedabad bullet train work to start in 2017

Construction on the Indian Railway’s Mumbai-Ahmedabad high-speed rail project is likely to start in 2017, Mohd Jamshed, member (traffic) of Railway Board, said during his visit to the city on Tuesday.

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Updated on Oct 26, 2016 11:25 AM IST
Hindustan Times | By, Mumbai
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